I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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30 January 2016

Rescue Cat

A keyhole view of you
might highlight your eyes
gazing back with a yellow glare,
or sometimes pleading –
but mostly 

You are in a new place.
You know how this goes.
You've played Pass the Parcel before.
Handed over again,
now you are simply 
learning the new details.

Kindness is usual
at first, or for a while,
but not necessarily 
always a haven to trust.
You'll take your time.
You'll take a lot of time.

A keyhole view might show
a curling paw 
that flexes needle claws,
a full yawn
revealing dagger teeth.
You sleep with both ears cocked.

 Bits of Inspiration at 'imaginary garden with real toads', we are asked to write a poem that's a glimpse through a keyhole.

This is my first poem for my new cat, Selene. Not the sort of cat poem I'd ever expected to write – but she is teaching me.

The photo is mine and should not be reproduced without permission. © Rosemary Nissen-Wade 2016.


  1. Oooo. A cat on guard! I like the keyhole view. You'll know when to go in for a closer look!

  2. I like it, Rosemary. Your message, intended or not, is that once bitten by an unfaithful lover beware the next time, mark your tracks in case you must withdraw, a retreat of what was before.
    Whatever, it does take longer to fully trust the second or higher time around. Perhaps never, it took me a long, long time. But will have been married 43 years this February.

    1. Yes, I think you are right. I should be grateful that this little cat is prepared to accept me to any degree, rather than feeling disappointed that her trust must be earned slowly. At the moment she is sitting on my lap at her own instigation, and I'm very honoured.

  3. Very clear descriptive word picture

  4. You van never spy on a suspicios cat, no keyhole secretive enough. I hope trust will come...

    1. It is ... slowly, with uneasiness on both sides.

  5. God bless you for rescuing your cat! The process is long but the rewards for both are amazing. That's one lucky cat!

  6. Super charming poem, Rosemary--hope that the cat feels more comfortable soon. Thanks. k.

  7. It gives me such a warm feeling to think of an abandoned animal being welcomed to a new home.

  8. "You sleep with both ears cocked"... but one day, with enough love and patience, you will catch her relaxed and sleeping. Lovely poem.

  9. Love this. I have such a tender spot for cats. I have two of them. One was adopted and one was abandoned and I took him in. Your view the keyhole is perfect. Thank you so much for taking part in the challenge!

    1. Your challenge was a gift to me, Susie, enabling me to enter into her feelings somewhat.